Pennsylvania: Modern Sporting Rifles Approved for Small Game, Furbearers

On March 28, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) announced that hunters will be able to use modern sporting rifles to harvest small game and furbearers in the 2017-2018 hunting seasons. The decision comes after the Commissioners preliminarily approved a proposal in January that would have allowed semi-automatic rifles to be used in all seasons where manually operated rifles are permitted.

The PGC amended that measure and made no changes to the list of lawful firearms for hunting big game. 

Pennsylvania is now the 50th state to allow modern sporting rifles for hunting purposes. The PGC Commissioners indicated that if support for hunting big game with semi-automatic firearms grows in the future they will consider additional regulatory changes.

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